Erode, Jul 30 (PTI): A Sri Lankan refugee was today arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle rice meant for use in the camp at Bhavanisagar in this district, police said.

Police said Prabakaran was detained after he was found transporting 24 bags of rice nearly weighing 1,000 kg in a mini-lorry from the refugee camp in Bhavanisagar to Gobichettipalayam.

The bid to smuggle rice came to light when police checked the vehicle on a tip-off.

During interrogation, Prabakar told police he was taking the rice, which was to be used for inmates of the camp, to sell it to a mill near Gobichettipalayam.

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